Pussycat is my latest sculpture commission completed in wax for bronze.

I have used Mephistopheles our studio cat as willing model for ‘Pussycat’.

He walks as if rubbing up against you stretched onto his tiptoes, three feet touching the base, with arched back.

 He demands attention from the viewer.

I have elongated elements of his anatomy to accentuate his expression and his tail flicks in a charming ‘S’ spiral.

Goddess in bronze

My second monumental-size sculpture cast in bronze.

 Dedicated to the North Westerly winds, she brings rain to our thirsty Western Cape earth, a blowing, billowing, blustery storm wind.


She is a mythological piece following a similar thread of content as my ‘Cape Doctor’ a bronze sculpture of the South Easterly wind that I made some years ago.

The Cape Doctor, the beastly South Easterly that cleanses, here is my article link: 

linkhttps://stephenrautenbach.com/2013/07/28/the-cape-doctor-bronze/


He is The South Easter and Bacchus and stands in a private garden in Stellenbosch South Africa.

Giant Goldfish making a splash in my studio

Goldfish is a theme that has developed with the growth of my personal goldfishbowl, my own mental construct. 

Miniature Life-size goldfish, 23kt gilded bronze in crystal set with Red rubies.


We set our own limitations and have infinite growth potential…Goldfish Maquette 2 23kt gold on crystal has bubbles under his belly and his bowl is still growing…


This new splash is a big one…the logical growth..and the expanding mind..


Goldfish Maquette three in anticipation of liberation of the Goldfish…wax for bronze and note the concentric rings, he is becoming very much a part of the bigger pond.

 With infinite growth potential.

Bronze Pangolin 

What a satisfying project! 

The Pangolin has such a wonderful tactile volume to it. 

She is curled into a life-sized armored ball and forms a dynamic asymmetric spiral depicted in her protective pose.

The 15Kg bronze sculpture is an interactive sculpture made to pick up and place as you please. Surface detail ranges from realism through to abstraction.

A few portraits and details of my bronze sculpture characters…

Expression in modern sculpture is not to be taken for granted. 
Portrait close-up of Eagle Owl in bronze.

High detail and a good knowledge of basic anatomy, structure and composition  is essential for contemporary animalier..

Little Sprinting Warthog Maquette, what a fright. Grrrrooooinkkkk!!!

Black Eagle one of the greatest metaphors of power, such a beady eyeball…

Sprinting Hare Maquette the Riverine Rabbit as inspiration, running the race of life.

Porcupine what a dark, prickly character!

Barn Owl, double life size in bronze.

Wood Owl, bashful, sleepy and heard more often than seen…


Sitting Warthog Maquette having a good scratch…what a pig..

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